Forfeiture of Repatriation Deposits
In the light of the provisions of regulation 7(8)(d) of the Immigration Regulations, the Director-General invites any person who, prior to the coming into operation of the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 on 26 May 2014, paid deposit as a guarantee of the return to his or her country origin, to approach, within a period up to 28 February 2015, any South African Mission in his or her country of origin for a refund of his or her deposit. The Department of Home Affairs' Offices within the Republic may issue refunds only in exceptional circumstances where a person has acquired permanent residence permit or has changed his or her status in the Republic prior to 26 May 2014.
Any person who claims a refund must submit the following documents:
- Application for refund of repatriation deposit form (available at South African Foreign Missions or Department of Home Affairs Local Offices);
- Original Passport (for verification purposes);
- Original receipt of the deposit;
- Proof of banking details / warrant vouchers (cheques);
- Proof of final departure from the Republic of South Africa on or before the expiry of the temporary residence permit; and
- in the case where an application for refund is made in the Republic, proof of change of status prior to 26 May 2014 or proof of permanent residence permit.
(NOTE: Anyone who had overstayed his or her permit shall not qualify for a refund, as he or she would have violated the terms and conditions of his or her temporary residence permit. Failure to claim a refund by 28 February 2015 will result in the deposit forfeited to the State as unclaimed).
Discontinuation of Temporary Passports
21 August 2014
South Africa's Department of Home Affairs announced that it will discontinue the issuance of Temporary Passports as of 1 September 2014.
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- Passport Applications: You may hold on to your current passport while your new passport is being processed.